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Is the ice bucket challenge a scam?

No: It is simply raising awareness for a rare but devasting neuromuscular disease: you can send a check if you don't like ice water. ...Read more

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How do I tell if products are scams or if they actually work?

How do I tell if products are scams or if they actually work?

Check them out: Goto to reputable web sites : example: consumerlab. Com and type in the supplement or product. They study many products purity and claims. ...Read more

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Is carvivora safe? Does it really work like on Ronald Reagan or scam?

Is carvivora safe? Does it really work like on Ronald Reagan or scam?

Safe, no scam but...: Carivora is a pure extract of the Venus Fly Trap plant.
It's very safe/non-toxic. There's little research on this product but it has at least 17 phytochemicals that have proven benefits individually. It's marketed as antimicorbial, anti-inflammatory and an immune modulator. Some evidence supports this. While Ronald Reagan did use it to treat colon cancer that is NOT proof it helped him!
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What about these hot belts like saunna belts that they say you put them around your waste and you loose fat they are real or just scam?

What about these hot belts like saunna belts that they say you put them around your waste and you loose fat they are real or just scam?

SCAM!!!: Use of belt, whether hot or cold, will not cause you to lose any more fat than if you didn't wear said belt. But they're a great way to separate you from your money. Better to pay attention to eating healthy foods & exercising regularly. Heck, maybe play Pokemon Go but do be careful you don't injure yourself while walking around! ...Read more

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Where should I look for affordable health insurance for me and my wife? She has several health problems. Seems everyone is too expensive or a scam!

Where should I look for affordable health insurance for me and my wife? She has several health problems. Seems everyone is too expensive or a scam!

Depends: Healthcare varies so much by region, state and county that only you can find out what is available locally. Most places have a local county clinic, there they usually have a counselor or social worker who can help you research low cost insurance. ...Read more

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Is reflexology a scam?

Is reflexology a scam?

It may as well be: A "scam" is a swindle: A dishonest way to make money by deceit. Reflexology isn't a scam because its practitioners generally aren't crooked, just stupid, ignorant, deluded & gullible; & so are their customers. Reflexology is pseudoscientific claptrap. I love foot massages, but I don't delude myself that I get anything more out of them than pleasurable sensations. ...Read more

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Is the 14 day "cleanse" detox a scam.

Is the 14 day "cleanse" detox a scam.

Yes: "toxins" is a word that is overused. Pesticides, mercury, lead, antibiotics, etc can all be taken in in the diet and are difficult to remove. Best to not take them in. Then there are the imaginary toxins that companies scare you with so you will buy their expensive detox product -- these are fake. Don't buy it! eat healthy, stay hydrated. Avoid constipation and your body will do the rest. ...Read more

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Does the arasys work or is it a scam?

Does the arasys work or is it a scam?

It's your money: This is diet-and-exercise along with electric muscle stimulation which as a sometime low-level bodybuilder I've used and found effective, and a hefty price tag. You can do this yourself much cheaper with an ems unit from a muscle magazine; get with your phyiscian to be sure it's safe for you. ...Read more

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Does hypnosis really work, or is it a scam?

Does hypnosis really work, or is it a scam?

No scam: Hypnosis may work for certain issues like recalling memories that may be too traumatic for the conscious mind to want to recollect. The fact is that one has to be able to release themselves to the person who is guiding them through the hypnosis. If one cannot do that, then it is difficult to be hypnotized. There is a great deal of evidence that supports hypnosis also. ...Read more

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What do you think about global health? Scams?

What do you think about global health? Scams?

Interconnected world: We can not ignore health issues in other countries. With rapid air transit organisms can easily be transmitted and the maintainence of controls on health problems elsewhere does have an impact on everyone. These are generally not scams although some "charities" claiming an interest in global health are in fact scams. ...Read more

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Is it true that herbal research chemicals a scam?

Is it true that herbal research chemicals a scam?

Wholesale Bath Salts: The web site (herbalresearch-chemicals. Com) sells "bath salts" -- which is a street name for designer drugs that often have stimulant effects. The designer drug industry is constantly changing, to elude laws restricting the sale of certain compounds. All of these can have dire health effects. So whether the company provides what it says it does is immaterial -- the product can still kill you. ...Read more

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Do peak height pills really work for height or they are just another scam?

Do peak height pills really work for height or they are just another scam?

If it sounds 2 good: To be true it is likely a scam. Unless you had delayed puberty you (at 18)are done growing taller. Even hormone shots will not increase height when your growth centers close. An x-ray of your wrist/hand can tell if you have time to grow more. If possible. A good diet/proper rest and exercise will help you reach your genetic potential. The pills are crap. ...Read more

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Is Neuroflexyn, the pill that claims to make you smarter a scam or a real thing?

Is Neuroflexyn, the pill that claims to make you smarter a scam or a real thing?

I doubt it: I did a brief web search & didn't see anything suggesting it was any better than placebo. A balanced diet high in vegetables (variety is key - lots of colors), nuts & legumes & healthy fats, with adequate fluids/sleep/exercise & limited bad health habits is tried & true - though not sexy nor a "magic bullet" nor nearly as expensive. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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I'm considering buying the health and ancestry package from 23&Me. On a likely scale from 1-10, how much of a scam is this for health planning?

I'm considering buying the health and ancestry package from 23&Me. On a likely scale from 1-10, how much of a scam is this for health planning?

Not sure: Hi Willie, I don't know much about these DNA testing services so I can't provide an opinion. I personally haven't created treatment plans for patients based on information from any of these types of tests, I only take a standard verbal family history to give insight to genetics of a patient. Perhaps some other health tap doctors can weigh in. ...Read more

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Is abdominoplasty a scam?

Is abdominoplasty a scam?

Hardly: Abdominoplasty is a major operation that removes excess skin and fat from the lower part of the abdomen and, more importantly, repositions the muscles of the abdominal wall in the midline. It generally takes about 3 hours and requires general anesthesia. It can be done as an outpatient or with a short hospitalization. It has all the risks of any major operation. Hardly a scam! ...Read more

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Is the alcat test a scam?

Is the alcat test a scam?

I believe so: I'll defer to the allergists but this kind of "cytotoxic test" has been regarded as non-evidence-based for decades. Even astrology has its true-believers, so i'd simply caution you not to make decisions based on results. ...Read more

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Is acupuncture all a scam like homoeopathy?

Is acupuncture all a scam like homoeopathy?

Neither is a scam: There is evidence that both these approaches work in some circumstances. More research is needed. ...Read more

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Why do a lot of people say acupuncture is a scam?

Why do a lot of people say acupuncture is a scam?

See below: Most new approaches are viewed with skepticism in the us, and the fda has not really fully studied acupuncture, and insurance companies rarely cover it. However, may work well with pain control and migraine headaches. Worthwhile having 3 or 4 sessions, and if it hasn't helped by then, unlikely to work well in future. ...Read more

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Are binaural beats really effective or just a scam?

Its Alternative: By definition, "alternative" is different than modern western medicine. Generally any drug, herb, treatment, or procedure that stands up to rigorous scientific scrutiny is included in modern medicine. The problem is that many alternative practices, herbs etc do not stand up to scientific scrutiny and cannot be shown to work. They therefore remain "alternative". Be careful and watch your wallet. ...Read more

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Do silicone sheets help with scarring or is it a scam?

Do silicone sheets help with scarring or is it a scam?

It works.: While the exact mechanism is unknown, large, controlled studies show a significant benefit to using silicone sheeting for scar remodeling. ...Read more

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Are statin drugs for cholesterol a scam by big pharma or do they actually work?

Absolutely not: These are extremely effective agents in reducing cardiovascular risks and are, imo, one of the greatest medical advances of the last 25 years. ...Read more

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Yes do you know if that new product called Genostim is for real or is this another scam?

Yes do you know if that new product called Genostim is for real or is this another scam?

Contains amino acids: Like most other purported immune boosters containing amino acids, this one provides no advantage over a healthy diet containing adequate amounts of protein. Claims of efficacy are not supported by peer-reviewed scientific studies. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! . ...Read more

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Is melarase am and pm cream a good cream? Are these scams? Would you recommend these to your patients?

Is melarase am and pm cream a good cream? Are these scams? Would you recommend these to your patients?

They are somewhat: Helpful but I refer patients with skin lightening (or "spot correction" issues TO BOARD CERTIFIED DERMATOLOGISTS for a proper DIAGNOSIS and TREATMENT!
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Dr Z ...Read more

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What's your opinion on electric kegel exercisers? Scam or can they really help? I can't seem to get the hang of doing them on my own.

What's your opinion on electric kegel exercisers? Scam or can they really help? I can't seem to get the hang of doing them on my own.

Variable: There is an fda approved device called neocontrol that we've used since 1999 with varying success. It uses a magnet, however. Neocontrol does strengthen the pelvic floor, gluteal and lower abdominal muscles. It can be effective if urinary incontinence is due to poor pelvic muscle tone. ...Read more

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Is chiropratic therapy a scam.?

Is chiropratic therapy a scam.?

Not realy: Chiropractic therapy centres around the maintenance of appropriate movement of the spinal joints and optimizing biomechanics throughout the musculoskeletal system. If it is done for the write indications with the right people it could help. Thank you. ...Read more

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Is advanced allergy therapeutics a scam?

Is advanced allergy therapeutics a scam?

Don't know: Never heard of it. Here's what a few others say


http://forums. Webmd. Com/3/allergies-exchange/forum/68/12. ...Read more

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Think they are a scam. Tell me what vitamins do for the body?

Think they are a scam. Tell me what vitamins do for the body?

You're right: Everybody needs a small amount of a few dozen chemical elements ("minerals") and about a dozen little organic molecules. Apart from vitamin d and iron, it is very hard to avoid getting plenty of these in a reasonable diet in the developed world. We see real vitamin deficiencies in child abuse, alcoholics on benders, and crackpot diets. A year's worth of vitamin/mineral pills should cost <$10. ...Read more

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Can you tell me are medicinal herbs and health supplements a scam?

Can you tell me are medicinal herbs and health supplements a scam?

Blanket statement: I think you need to evaluate each herb and health supplement separately, plus each company that provides them. Medicinal herbs and dietary supplements are regulated as foods rather than as medicines, so you cannot assume the same research quality or quantity as pharmaceutical medications have supporting them. Calling all herbal and nutritional products a "scam, " though, is not appropriate. ...Read more